"The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. Remember, the greatest failure is to not try. Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it."
- Debbi Fields, Founder of Mrs. Fields Cookies

Tool Kit

Resource Centre (Videos, Guides)

Innovator's Tool Kit



Lean Canvas Form
;   Modèle Lean Canvas

Using Lean Canvas Model (An adaptation of Business Model Canvas-identifying the problem/pain first)-Ash Maurya

Cashflow ForecastModèle prévisions du mouvement de l’encaisse

Business Model Canvas

Business-Model-Canvas PDF

Business Model Canvas Tutorial

Social Enterprise/Impact Canvas

Business Models-Beyond Profit (Social Enterprise): Ales Osterwalder Slide Share

Tools for Business Model Generation- Alexander Osterwalder Video

Business Model Slideshow -Alex Osterwalder & Yyes Pigneur. Embedded Slideshow.


Essentials of a Great Investor Pitch (MaRS)

The Pitch-Entrepreneurship 101 with Frank Erschen


Desh Deshpande Talks Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship 101, 21 on-line lectures and resources for emerging technological and social entrepreneurs, is available on-line at no cost from MaRS. Originally for (M)edical (a)nd (R)elated (S)ciences, this organization has expanded to cover many other innovative sectors.

Steve Blank: How to Build a Company Step By Step (New Ventures and Business Model Design…for everyone)

S100 Product idea validation: Spend big-or experiment on the fly? Discussing idea, market validation, prototype building inexpensively.

Entrepreneur’s Tool Kit, MaRS

Video 1 Market Validation-Why you need to talk to 100 people in person

Video 2 Market Validation-Why you should do it

Video 3 Market Validation- Aim Stage

Video 4 Case Studies-Lessons in failure to do market validation

Video 5 Market Validation-Ready (what to do in next 60 days)

Real World Entrepreneurship Training- Idea2Delivery

Building the Minimum Viable Product-Eric Ries


4 Steps to the Epiphany-Steve Blank’s Successful Strategies for Products that Win. Product Development vs/and Customer Development (Stanford U. 45 page handout)

Amazon Link for Steve Blank’s 4-Steps to Epiphany digital e-book

Eric Ries’ Blog on Lessons Learned from Steve Blank’s 4 Steps to the Epiphany

Steve Blank’s Startup Toolkit


(provided as general information only & not as advice)

An innovator must familiarize him/herself with Intellectual Property Laws and policies and seek professional advice to clarify rights and protect IP.

Did you know that:

‘The rights given by a Canadian patent extend throughout Canada, but not to other countries. You must apply for patent rights in other countries separately. Likewise, foreign patents do not protect an invention in Canada.”CIPO

Did you know that:

“… it is very important not to advertise, display, or publish information about your invention before you are ready to file for a patent. Public disclosure of your invention before filing may make it impossible to obtain a valid patent and jeopardize the possibility of you receiving similar rights in other countries.”CIPO

Did you know that:

Policies, external agreements and collective agreements of an employer or institution where an innovator or partner has worked (works) or studied (studies) must be consulted as they can determine and influence intellectual property rights.  Funding agencies/organizations who have provided grants could also have a stake in the intellectual property of an innovation.

Intellectual Property Basics-Canadian Intellectual Property Office

Guide to Patents-Canadian Intellectual Property Office

Protect Your Innovation-Canadian Intellectual Property Office

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